AHEAD of the planned opening towards the end of this year, a number of tests are being carried out at the new Corvera Airport in the Murcia region.
Several checks of radio and navigation systems have taken place under the control of Spanish airports authority AENA, to ensure that all work perfectly in accordance with the regulations of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).
The tests, undertaken in a Beechcraft King Air 350, took a total of 27 hours flying to satisfy the safety and technical criteria.
These tests took place at the same time passenger figures from the soon-to-be-closed Murcia-San Javier Airport have shown an increase of 10.4 per cent for the period January to May 2018. During that time, 422,358 people passed through the facilities which will be closing when Corvera assumes the flight traffic.
For the month of May alone, just under 140,000 passengers used Murcia-San Javier Airport… a rise of 4.7 per cent when compared to the same month in 2017.
In terms of flights, there were 3,167 take-offs and landings which were 9.3 per cent higher than the first five months of last year.